Patents Examined by Philip R. Coe
  • Patent number: 6796151
    Abstract: A method and a device for dyeing a textile substrate in at least one supercritical fluid, are described, whereby the textile substrate is arranged in an autoclave, where at least one supercritical fluid loaded with a dyestuff flows over and/or through the textile substrate, and the at least one powdered dyestuff is brought in contact with the supercritical fluid, forming a stable solution and/or dispersion of the dyestuff in the supercritical fluid. The quantity of dyestuff required for dyeing is divided into a plurality of dyestuff partial quantities, and each partial quantity of dyestuff is separately brought in contact with the supercritical fluid until this partial quantity of dyestuff is dissolved or dispersed. Hereafter the next partial quantity of dyestuff is introduced into the supercritical fluid, and this process is repeated several times until the total quantity of dyestuff has been introduced into the supercritical fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Amann & Soehne GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Rudolf Eggers, Kurt Truckenmuller
  • Patent number: 6626013
    Abstract: A washing machine in which a plurality of display image parts (ID=0 to 9) are disposed and displayed, on the basis of a display/arrangement structure, on the display surface of a display unit in which a transparent pressure-type touch panel is mounted, so as to form a display/operation unit which enables display and operation/instruction by depression. Thus, a user can change the layout of the display/operation unit and washing operations freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ohta, Toshifumi Koike, Yosuke Nagano, Katuhumi Takagishi
  • Patent number: 6618870
    Abstract: The invention is a foot washer comprising; a coupler valve capable of attachment to a shower outlet, a main hose coupled with the coupler valve to allow feeding of water from the coupler valve through the main hose, a hollow frame capable of receiving a flow of water from a main hose, one or more nozzles capable of spraying water from the hollow frame, whereby a user placing a foot near the frame can receive a foot washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventor: Luis Farias
  • Patent number: 6612137
    Abstract: An magnetic/electromagnetic apparatus and process for for laundering garments in an industrial, commercial or residential application with the steps of: Application of permanent magnetics or electromagnetism to the interior or exterior of a washing machine to elevate the normal cleaning ability of water via increasing solvency by magnetic influence to clean laundry without the use of chemical laundry detergents; magnetic apparatus is submerged in washing water inside drum of machine, affixed to the exterior of the drum where water is contained, or to the incoming water line to the machine; a plurality of shapes and sizes whereby the magnetic apparatus may be placed within or permanently installed on/in either a commercial or residential sized washing machine; apparatus is within a close proximity to the wash water whereby the magnetic emittance may effectively induce eddy currents to affect the water; a plurality of magnetic apparatuses may be necessary for any washing machine exceeding 5 pound laundry capaci
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Marc S. Smulowitz
  • Patent number: 6612317
    Abstract: A continuous flow, steady state fluid delivery and recovery system for a process chamber and processes requiring supercritical fluid and desired additives including co-solvents, for conducting repetitive batch processing operations in an automated environment, for such processes as supercritical carbon dioxide cleaning and processing of semiconductor wafers. The system provides for steady-state operation of fluid flow and byproducts recovery while the process chamber is brought rapidly and repeatedly on and off line as in batch operations and for various process steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: S.C. Fluids, INC
    Inventors: Michael A. Costantini, Mohan Chandra, Heiko D. Moritz, Ijaz H. Jafri, David J. Mount, Rick M. Heathwaite
  • Patent number: 6609531
    Abstract: A condenser tube cleaning nozzle which is cushioned with resilient washers. The present invention provides a stiffened nozzle adapted to handling high pressure, while at the same time providing cushioning at all contact points on a tube sheet and within a particular tube being cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Inventor: Edward R. Lesko
  • Patent number: 6609264
    Abstract: A drain pump of a washing machine is cyclically activated during a drain operation conducted as part of a spin cycle in a manner which reduces the run time of the pump. At least one dynamic operating parameter of the washing machine is sensed and used to control the operation of the drain pump. In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, the rotational speed of the wash tub is sensed and, when a predetermined spin speed is maintained for a prescribed period of time, the drain operation is initiated. Water level, pump power and/or drive motor torque can also be utilized as pump cycling control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Craig S. Ruhl, Evan R. Vande Haar
  • Patent number: 6595224
    Abstract: A bath system for processing semiconductor wafers with an efficient and uniform delivery of sonic energy to the semiconductor wafers. The bath system includes a container (e.g., a quartz container) configured for receiving at least one semiconductor wafer (e.g., a 300 mm diameter semiconductor wafer) and holding processing liquid. The container has two vertical sidewalls and two angled walls, with each of the two angled walls being disposed below one of the vertical sidewalls. The bath system also includes at least one sonic transducer attached to each of the two angled walls. These sonic transducers are arranged so that sonic energy emanating therefrom is directed across the at least one semiconductor wafer during processing. The system further includes at least one sonic transducer attached to each of the vertical sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: P.C.T. Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry R. Miranda, Sharyl Maraviov
  • Patent number: 6594841
    Abstract: An unbalance detection and control system senses an out-of-balance condition developed during a plaster speed portion of spin cycle in a washing machine, particularly a horizontal axis washing machine, through fluctuations in command signals sent from a main controller to maintain a spinning basket or tub of the washing machine at plaster speed. Preferably, the controller sends a pulse width modulated (PWM) signal to a drive controller which, in turn, regulates a motor used to spin the tub. A feedback loop is employed to reflect an actual operational state achieved by the spinning tub, which may warrant a change in the command signal. Excessive fluctuations in the command signals indicate a need to redistribute the load of clothes in the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Broker, Douglas A. Ochsner
  • Patent number: 6591640
    Abstract: Damper for a full automatic washing machine including an upper buffering member fitted to an inside of an upper portion of a washing machine housing, an elastic member under the lower buffering member for elastic supporting of the lower buffering member, and a damper bar for passing through, and connecting the upper buffering member, the lower buffering member, and the elastic member in succession, for damping vibration and impact, wherein the upper buffering member has a through hole for passing the damper bar therethrough with an upper diameter equal to, or smaller than a diameter of the damper bar, a lower diameter greater than a diameter of the damper bar, and the lower buffering member has an extension projected upward from an upper surface, a plurality of reinforcing ribs in an upper portion of the extension, sloped guide ribs extended downward from a bottom thereof for preventing the lower buffering member from coming out of a top of the elastic member, and a hole for passing the damper bar therethroug
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yong Suck Park
  • Patent number: 6584814
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a washing machine with a tilted washing tub. The washing machine includes a casing on the rear portion of which an opening is formed. The opening is covered with a rear cover provided with an outward protrusion. A washing tub consists of outer and inner tubs. The outer tub is positioned in the casing to be tilted forward at a predetermined angle for containing washing water. The inner tub is positioned in the outer tub for washing and spin-drying laundry. Drive means is positioned under the outer tub to rotate the outer tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ji Chang Son, Hye Yong Park, Bong Sang Lee, Chang Won Ryu
  • Patent number: 6584813
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a tub that is rotated by a switched reluctance motor. The tub includes an outer tub and an inner tub. The drive is a direct drive or a drive assembly that includes a shaft, a belt and a spinner pulley connected to the tub. The switched reluctance motor includes a stator with a plurality of circumferentially-spaced stator segment assemblies. Winding wire is wound around a stator segment core of the stator segment assemblies. A rotor is connected to the shaft that drives the belt and rotates the spinner pulley. A drive circuit energizes the winding wire around the stator segment assemblies based on a rotational position of the rotor. End cap assemblies are connected to opposite axial ends of the stator segment core. The end cap assemblies define an annular channel for receiving the winding wire and for preventing winding creep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: C. Theodore Peachee, Donald J. Williams, Steven P. Randall
  • Patent number: 6584812
    Abstract: The invention provides a washing machine (10) having a front panel (11), a tube (14) for containing articles to be washed, a water inlet (16) for admitting water to the tub, a water outlet (26) for discharging water from the tub (14), a pump (50) for pumping water from the tub (14) to the water outlet (26) and a cointrap (60) located in the water outlet (26) between the tub (14) and the pump (50), characterized in that the cointrap (60) is positioned within the front panel (11) to allow the contents of the cointrap (60) to be viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Dyson Limited
    Inventor: Simon John Killane
  • Patent number: 6585781
    Abstract: A combined machine for washing and drying textiles comprises a wash liquor tub, which contains an inner drum rotatably provided and supporting the textiles during the washing and drying processes and having a volume adapted to requirements relating to the wash process, water supply means for supplying water into the tub, means for the supply of detergents, water draining means for draining washing and rinsing liquid from the tub, and means for driving a moisture absorbing gaseous medium in a closed loop past the textiles in the inner drum. The moisture absorbing gaseous medium, which consists of dry superheated steam, and compressor means are provided to compress part of the steam diverted from the closed loop and lead it to heat exchanger means provided to condense the compressed steam and return the heat released during the condensing process to the steam in the closed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Electrolux
    Inventor: Rutger Roseen
  • Patent number: 6584634
    Abstract: A manually operated washing device which functions by a hydropneumatic principle involving compression of a volume of air and water trapped in the interior of the device. The device includes an inner and an outer housing which are slidable relative to one another, the inner housing being positioned at least partially within the interior of the outer housing. A spring is positioned inside the outer housing between an upper end of the inner housing and an upper end of the outer housing. The spring is compressible so that the outer housing is slidable over the inner housing. A pressurized jet is created through compression and expansion and the pressurized jet is expelled through a perforated portion of the device against a mass of submerged clothing in order to effect washing of the clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Carly Flury Stiefenhofer
  • Patent number: 6581230
    Abstract: A method for the washing of laundry in a motor-driver washing machine. The laundry method is intended to optimize the washing procedure with respect to the amount of mechanical energy which is needed in order to achieve the desired cleaning effect on the laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Diehl AKO Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventor: Martin Weinmann
  • Patent number: 6578591
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dishwasher with enhanced drying performance without using a fan. Water contained in the dishwasher is circulated preferably by means of one of the pumps in the machine (circulation or discharge pump) and through a jet pump placed in the dishwasher in such a manner that the air intake opening is in communication with one of the wash tub surfaces. Water within the dishwasher accelerates due to the kinetic energy acquired during this circulation and its pressure drops locally to a value below the atmospheric pressure. Due to this reduced pressure, water vapour and air from the washtub is suctioned from the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventors: Semsettin Eksert, Gökhan Özgürel, Ufuk Askin
  • Patent number: 6578588
    Abstract: A unified strip/cleaning apparatus wherein a strip device is integrated with a cleaning device. In the apparatus, a strip line removes resin on a substrate and a cleaning line is provided under the strip line to clean and dry the substrate. A loader supplies the substrate to the strip line, and an unloader receives the substrate from the cleaning line. Accordingly, the installation space can be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: LG.Phillips LCD Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Il Ryong Park
  • Patent number: 6578390
    Abstract: An anti-pilling machine is constructed includes a machine body defining a cylindrical receiving chamber and a cloth passage for the circulation of a fed piece of cloth, an air nozzle upwardly mounted in one end of the cloth passage and adapted for ejecting a jet of hot dry air to move the fed piece of cloth through the cloth passage, a steam nozzle adapted for moistening the moving piece of cloth, an air blower adapted for providing forced air to the air nozzle, and a heat exchanger adapted for heating and drying forced air passing from the air blower to the air nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Chi-Lung Chang
  • Patent number: 6578391
    Abstract: A laundry washing machine has a cabinet 2 and a drum 1 suspended within the cabinet for rotation about a horizontal axis. The drum 1 includes a pair of drum ends with a pair of vanes 110, 111 extending between the drum ends 11, 12 rigidly connecting the drum ends together. The drum 1 has a substantially cylindrical perforated skin 22 having a main section 34 and a hatch section 35. The main section 34 and hatch section 35 connect along the edges to form the complete drum skin. In an opening operation the drum 1 is opened by disconnecting the edges of the main section 34 and hatch section 35 of the drum skin 22, retaining the hatch section 35 in a fixed position relative to the cabinet 2 and rotating the drum 1 such that the main section 34 of the drum skin 22 moves apart from the hatch section 35 to provide an opening into the drum. The opening is provided in conjunction with an opening into the cabinet, normally closed by a lockable lid 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Limited
    Inventors: Neville David Seagar, Gordon Sharpe Hunter